Cambridge United vs Shrewsbury Town Match Analysis & Prediction
26/12/2022 6:00 pm
Cambridge United will be looking to end a five-game winless run in League One when they play host to Shrewsbury Town at the Abbey Stadium on Boxing Day.
Both sides have been out of action for a fortnight following the cancellation of their previous fixtures, and the visitors return to action seeking a fourth straight win.
While holding leaders Plymouth Argyle to a goalless draw represents a positive result, Cambridge have now gone sene league matches without a goal at home, as they continue to struggle at the wrong end of the table.
With their only victory since October coming through a penalty shootout win over non-league Curzon Ashton in the FA Cup, a competition they were subsequently eliminated from by Grimsby Town, confidence may well be waning within the Cambridge camp.
The Amber Army are in need of points to avoid slipping into the relegation zone, as a side that enjoyed a comfortable mid-table finish last season currently languish in 20th place.
Shrewsbury have not played a game since December 10, and manager Steve Cotterill has taken the opportunity to give his players a rare rest amid a packed schedule, handing them two extra days off at the start of last week.
Their rematch with recent FA Cup victims Peterborough was also postponed due to weather conditions, but Salop will still head to Cambridge sitting 11th in the League One table and just five points adrift of the playoff spots.
A run of three victories in a row across all competitions, each coming at home, has helped Shrewsbury climb up the standings, having previously collected just two points from six matches.
Cambridge United vs. Shrewsbury Town Head to head
In the 16 meetings between these two sides, Cambridge United have claimed five victories while Shrewsbury Town have won three, and they have drawn in eight. Cambridge have scored 17 goals and conceded 20 in the process.
07/03/2015Shrewsbury Town1Cambridge United1League Two
30/08/2016Shrewsbury Town0Cambridge United1EFL Trophy
07/11/2020Cambridge United0Shrewsbury Town2FA Cup
23/10/2021Shrewsbury Town4Cambridge United1League One
05/03/2022Cambridge United0Shrewsbury Town0League One
Cambridge United Team News
Cambridge will utilise back-up goakeeper Will Mannion for their Boxing Day fixture as he deputises for Dimitar Mitov once again.
Centre-back Zeno Ibsen Rossi has had his playing time restricted by stiff competition for places in the defence, but put in an impressive display against Plymouth and is set to retain his spot.
Cambridge United's Last 5 Matches
19/11/2022Cambridge United0Accrington Stanley1League One
26/11/2022Cambridge United1Grimsby Town2FA Cup
03/12/2022Forest Green Rovers2Cambridge United1League One
06/12/2022Cambridge United2West Ham United4Club Friendlies
10/12/2022Cambridge United0Plymouth Argyle0League One
Shrewsbury Town Team News
George Nurse and Daniel Udoh are both sidelined by ACL injuries, while Shrewsbury could also be without Elliott Bennett, Aiden O’Brien and Julien Dacosta.
After return from an illness, Carl Winchester is expected to start alongside captain Luke Leahy in the visitors’ engine room in a likely 3-4-1-2 formation.
Shrewsbury Town's Last 5 Matches
12/11/2022Shrewsbury Town0Barnsley1League One
19/11/2022Sheffield Wednesday1Shrewsbury Town0League One
26/11/2022Shrewsbury Town3Peterborough United1FA Cup
03/12/2022Shrewsbury Town2Lincoln City0League One
10/12/2022Shrewsbury Town3Bolton Wanderers2League One
Cambridge United vs. Shrewsbury Town: Odds and Predictions
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